US 50/301 repaving on Kent Island begins
STEVENSVILLE — The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration started resurfacing nearly five miles of westbound US 50/301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) between the Kent Narrows Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this week. The work was originally planned to begin Monday night but was postponed 72 hours to allow for clean up and recovery following Monday morning’s tornado. Weather permitting, all work will be complete by early fall.
Work includes milling/ grinding (removing the top layer of asphalt), patching, paving and restriping. To minimize public impacts, crews will work Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Two of the three westbound travel lanes may be closed and motorists should allow extra time for overnight travel. MDOT SHA will also resurface the 266-space Park and Ride lot on Thompson Creek Road, near the intersection of US 50/301 and MD 8 (Romancoke Road).
Work hours and lane closures may be adjusted as needed in response to traffic conditions.
Asphalt resurfacing improves safety by providing improved traction and drainage, extends road life and provides a smoother ride. The new pavement markings that accompany resurfacing projects also enhance safety through improved visibility at night and during inclement weather.
MDOT SHA recently resurfaced westbound US 50/301 from Queenstown to the Kent Narrows Bridge and plans to address eastbound US 50/301 in the same areas in 2018-19.